Chambers & Partners 2015: 'Number 1 for Asset Recovery Again'

Band 1  |  The Chambers of Andrew Mitchell QC

THE SET 
Widely hailed as the go-to set for proceeds of crime, it is home to a host of leading silks and juniors with impressive experience on the gamut of POCA work. Members have been involved in a number of defining cases on the application of POCA, including R v Ahmad and Ahmed, a Supreme Court decision concerning the compatibility of multiple confiscation orders with Article 1 Protocol 1 of ECHR. The set's enviable reputation and ability to offer a range of barristers to meet all clients' demands make it "the specialist chambers in this area of work." 

Client service: "They are very helpful, and are responsive about helping us to get in touch with counsel. We get the commitment that we need to make sure we meet deadlines." Martin Adams is the practice director at the set. 

SILKS 

Andrew Mitchell QC
A major name for POCA work, who specialises in civil and criminal asset forfeiture and has been involved in a number of the leading cases right from the inception of this area of the law. 
Expertise: "Absolutely and unequivocally the obvious choice for POCA." "A great star in the confiscation arena." 
Recent work: Acted in Namli v NCA, appearing on behalf of the former chairman of an offshore bank in a civil recovery action concerning funds laundered through the bank. 

Graham Brodie QC 
Acts for both claimants and defendants in civil fraud claims and POCA proceedings. He has particular expertise in restraint, freezing and confiscation orders. 
Expertise: "He's an impeccable barrister. I feel like getting into trouble just to use him again!" "He's impressive and inspires confidence." 
Recent work: Continued to act for former Goldman Sachs banker Elias Preko in confiscation proceedings following his conviction for laundering proceeds of political corruption in Nigeria. 

Mark Rainsford QC
Focuses his practice on corporate criminal wrongdoing and associated fraud disputes. He represents companies and individual directors facing restraint or confiscation orders.
Expertise: "Clients really admire him as he makes things straightforward for them."
Recent work: Acted for the receivers in R v Alex Windsor (also known as the Eastenders case) in successfully resisting applications for restraint and management receivership orders.

JUNIORS 

Martin Evans 
Represents prosecuting agencies, defendants, receivers and third parties in the gamut of POCA proceedings. He has been involved in a number of reported cases in the Court of Appeal. 
Expertise: "Very good on exceptional matters of restraint and confiscation, particularly in relation to High Court proceedings that have to be dealt with under EU legislation and POCA." "He's very industrious, has a very quick mind and is very personable and conscientious." 
Recent work: Involved in Operation Xclusive, an SFO prosecution which led to subsequent confiscation orders against individuals convicted of fraud concerning the non-supply of tickets sold online for a range of events, including the Beijing Olympics.

Christopher Convey 
Frequently instructed to represent third parties' interests in restraint, confiscation and receivership proceedings. His experience includes appearances in courts of all levels, including the Supreme Court.
Expertise: "An extraordinarily talented junior who works tirelessly for his clients." "He is just superb, and is able to make intricate and complex points easily understandable to the client." 
Recent work: Advised and represented the US Department of Justice in relation to POCA restraint and international receivership following the collapse of a multibillion-dollar Ponzi fraud operated through Stanford International Bank by Allen Stanford. 

Fiona Jackson 
Has acted on behalf of a range of prominent defence and prosecution clients, individuals and companies. She also has experience of representing foreign governments and receivers through her international fraud practice. 
Expertise: "She's practical and when you're in a case against her you can often reach an agreement." "Very clever, user-friendly, accessible and modest to boot, given her ability."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of an Iranian businessman in an appeal against conviction and in related confiscation and condemnation proceedings concerning the breach of export restrictions to Iran.  

Jonathan Lennon 
Has been involved in some of the leading cases in the POCA field. He is often instructed to take over confiscation proceedings in matters where he has not previously been involved at trial.
Expertise: "He knows the law inside out and is a damned good negotiator." "He's great at managing clients and fantastic at leading conferences."
Recent work: Acted in Gale v United Kingdom, a dispute in the European court concerning the relevance of Article 6 ECHR in state-initiated civil recovery proceedings where the defendant has been acquitted in criminal proceedings. 

Barry Stancombe 
Acts for a range of parties involved in restraint, receivership and confiscation proceedings, including prosecuting authorities, defendants and interested third parties. He is frequently instructed on multimillion-pound disputes.
Expertise: "His advocacy is very good but it's his application, practicality and commerciality that really stand out." "A fierce cross-examiner who won't give an inch but does so with great courtesy and dignity." 
Recent work: Acted in SFO v Afzal & McGarry, confiscation and appeal proceedings concerning a £51 million mortgage fraud. 

Kennedy Talbot
Receives extensive praise from solicitors and peers for his impressive POCA expertise. His practice encompasses all aspects of restraint, confiscation and receivership, and he has been involved in a number of reported cases in recent years. 
Expertise: "He's got an encyclopaedic knowledge of the area." "He's one step ahead of everyone."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Namli v SOCA, a civil recovery action concerning USD7 million of funds laundered through an offshore bank.